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What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator is a device that sends a jolt of electricity to the heart to restart the heart if it has stopped beating or to correct a dangerous heart rhythm. You are probably familiar with the external defibrillators used by EMTs and in emergency rooms.

An implanted defibrillator is a very small device which is surgically implanted in the body to monitor the heart rhythm and provide electric shocks as needed.

Why were St. Jude Riata leads recalled?

The wires can penetrate their silicone insulation causing them to deliver unnecessary shocks or to fail to deliver needed shocks.

At this time it is not recommended to have the recalled leads removed because the surgery can be more dangerous than the defect.

Have there been other defibrillator recalls in the past?

Yes, there have been many defibrillator recalls over the last few years.

Among those, Boston Scientific/Guidant has recalled several models due to a problem with a capacitor inside of the device which caused the battery to run down sooner than expected. Medtronic has voluntarily suspended distribution of its Sprint Fidelis leads.

Defibrillator and defibrillator lead recalls have affected thousands of units.

What should I do if I think I may have a recalled defibrillator?

Talk to your doctor. In most cases it is safer to monitor the situation than to try to remove potentially faulty leads as a preventative measure. Your doctor may be able to perform tests to determine if your defibrillator is faulty, and whether you should have the unit or leads replaced.

What can I do if I have been injured by a faulty defibrillator?

Talk to our defibrillator lawyers right away. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, time off work, and much more.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defibrillator, please call our defibrillator lawyers at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with a defibrillator lawyer is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.